Committees

AD HOC COMMITTEE

CHAIR: ASHOK DAS, DDS

The purpose of the Ad Hoc committee is to review specific, periodic matters assigned to it by the Board on an as needed basis that are outside the purview of the other five (5) standing committees of the Board.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE

CHAIR: CONNIE CLARK, RDH

The primary directive of the Education Committee is to review and make recommendations to the Board for acceptance or denial of continuing education sponsors, educational courses, and waivers or extensions of continuing education requirements for licensure/certification renewal. Committee recommendations are based on the standards outlined in Chapter 4715 of the Ohio Revised and Administrative Codes (Dental Practice Act).

Continuing education sponsors, Biennial and Permanent by Board action, may submit applications for review and consideration by the Education Committee. It is the responsibility of the committee to ensure that all sponsors of continuing education provide evidence-based dental educational and scientific courses designed to review existing concepts and techniques or to improve the knowledge, skills and ability of the individual to provide quality service to the public and the profession.

 

The committee reviews courses for compliance with specific training requirements as set forth in the Dental Practice Act. These courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Anesthesia Permit Renewal
  • Conscious Sedation Permit Renewal
  • Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienists
  • Medical Emergency Recognition to allow practice when the dentist is not physically present
  • Coronal Polishing for the Certified Dental Assistant
  • Dental Assistant Radiographer Initial Training
  • Continuing Education Practicums for Limited Continuing Education Licenses for Out- of-State Licensed Dentists
  • Volunteer Service Programs/Events

On occasion, the committee reviews course curriculum and topic content to ensure compliance with the Dental Practice Act for acceptable educational course objectives for dental and dental hygiene licenses. The Committee may be requested to make recommendations regarding specific coursework to be completed by licensees/applicants under special circumstances and/or pursuant to a Board Order or Consent Agreement (i.e. refresher courses, ethics courses, etc.).

In addition, the committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Board regarding extensions or waivers of the continuing education requirements for licensees or certificate holders based on unusual circumstance, emergency, or special hardship.

Periodically or with cause, the committee reviews the law and rules pertaining to continuing education, in addition to creating and updating the necessary forms utilized pursuant to these sections. The committee works with Board staff to ensure compliance with all facets of continuing education.

Committee composition must include at least three Board members, one of whom is appointed by the Board president as chairperson, may include past Board members and/or other dentists or dental hygienists with expertise in dental education. A staff person from the Board may assist the committee in preparing the materials necessary for review by the committee.

LAW AND RULES REVIEW COMMITTEE

Chair: Kumar Subramanian, d.d.s.

The primary purpose of this committee is to review, over a five-year period, the administrative rules governing the licensing and regulation of the profession of dentistry, and make any changes as deemed necessary by the Board, subject to legislative approval. The Board conducts the review pursuant to the Sunset Review legislation, specifically Ohio Revised Code Section 119.032.


In reviewing the administrative rules, the Board must consider six (6) determination guidelines:

1.       Do the rules exceed the agency's statutory authority;
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.       Do the rules conflict with an existing rule of that agency or another state agency;
3.       Do the rules conflict with legislative intent;
4.       Has the rule-making agency prepared a complete and accurate rule summary and fiscal analysis of the proposed rule, amendment, or rescission (ORC 127.18);
5.       Has the rule-making agency met the incorporation by reference standards for a text or other material as stated in ORC sections 121.72121.75, or 121.76; and,
6.       If the rule has an adverse impact on business (ORC 107.52), that the rule-making agency has demonstrated through the business impact analysis (BIA), the Common Sense Initiative Office (CSI) recommendations and the agency's memorandum of response to the CSI recommendations, that the rule's regulatory intent  justifies its adverse impact on business.

The committee will also consider law and rule changes as deemed necessary by the full Board.

The committee will meet as necessary and draft necessary law, rules and/or changes to existing rules and shall make recommendations to the full Board with respect to these law/rules, as necessary.

Committee composition must include Board members, with one Board member being appointed by the Board President as chairperson, and may include representatives from the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) and the Ohio Dental Hygienists' Association (ODHA), the Board's assigned Assistant Attorney General, the Board's Executive Director, and the Board's Assistant Director. Only Board members have voting power with respect to recommendations made to the full Board. A staff person from the Board may assist the committee in preparing the materials necessary for review by the committee.

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OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

Chair: ANN AQUILLO

The Operations Committee shall, at the direction of the Board, consider specific issues related to internal Board operations and make recommendations regarding processes, procedures and the like relating to administrative issues and concerns. 

The committee shall meet as needed and/or as directed by the Board.  The committee composition should include at least four members of the Board, with one member of the Board being appointed by the Board president as chairperson, and should also include the Board's Executive Director. A staff person from the Board may assist the committee in preparing materials necessary for review by the committee.

SCOPE OF PRACTICE COMMITTEE

CHAIR: MICHAEL GINDER, DDS

The Scope of Practice Committee shall, at the direction of the Board, consider inquiries and develop position statements which clarify the scope of practice for the profession, including dental auxiliaries in conformance with the law and rules governing the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene. The goal is to assist in maintaining the health, safety and welfare of Ohio's dental consumers. If it is necessary to adopt a formal policy on any given matter, the two respective committees shall work in conjunction to prepare the policy for Board consideration.

The committee shall make recommendations to the Board that certain policies/positions be adopted by the Board on any given topic, keeping in mind that any policy/position adopted by the Board shall not exceed the authority granted to the Board by legislature as outlined in the Dental Practice Act, Specifically Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4715, and Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 4715.

The Scope of Practice Committee shall meet as needed and/or as directed by the Board. Committee composition must include at least four members of the Board; with one member of the Board being appointed by the Board president as chairperson, and may also include the Board's appointed Assistant Attorney General, and the Board's Executive Director. A staff person from the Board may assist the committee in preparing materials necessary for review by the committee.

POLICY COMMITTEE

Chair: SUSAN JOHNSTON, RDH

The Policy Committee shall, at the direction of the Board, consider and develop policies which clarify the law and rules governing the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene, which more effectively and/or efficiently operate Board business, and/or which assist in maintaining the health, safety and welfare of Ohio's dental consumers.

The committee shall make recommendations to the Board that certain policies/positions be adopted by the Board on any given topic, keeping in mind that any policy/position adopted by the Board shall not exceed the authority granted to the Board by the legislature as outlined in the Dental Practice Act, specifically Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4715, and Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 4715.

The Policy Committee shall meet as needed and/or as directed by the Board.

The policies/positions of the Board shall be maintained by the Board in one file for ease in accessibility.

Committee composition must include at least two members of the Board; with one member of the Board being appointed by the Board president as chairperson, and may also include the Board's appointed Assistant Attorney General, and the Board's Executive Director. A staff person from the Board may assist the committee in preparing the materials necessary for review by the committee.